Has anybody any clue what these first words are?
Anything that I can make of after very careful listenings are:
' ..sw.. of leather, a breath of cologne '
Furthermore, I have some adjustments on the text (changes with **):
' Her mirror was a window, she sat *quite* alone.
All around her the garden grew.
Scarlet and purple and crimson and blue.
She came ** and she went, and at last went away,
Her garden was sealed when the flowers decayed.
On the wall of the garden a legend did say,
No one may come here since no one may stay. '
If you ask me, the song is about a formerly young woman with relation problems (not being able to make bonds to men), until she was bitter (garden decayed) and no man was ever able to come to her 'garden' anymore.
Furthermore: has the Dead played this song on other occasions than AoxomoA as well?